Well I have never done a review on my blog yet, but my recent travels and a positive experience has made me a happy camper ! I had recently switched providers and had gone from an Iphone to a My Touch 4G after reading a lot of reviews from CNET, Endgadget, etc. Comparing tech specs are good, but how many times does a common user use all the features from the phone ? So I was convinced that HSPA+ is better than no-LTE available today! I am not really somebody who likes to have the flashiest device around, but would not mind if I have one, so for me it was a downgrade from the Iphone to a Mytouch by ‘cool’ standards.
I was excited to get back to an Android Smartphone as it means there are more free apps on the Marketplace, plus I can tinker around with the OS if I want to do some customization.
The iPhone 4 juggernaut continues where the iPhone 3 let go. This device though not capable of LTE or WiMAX packs features that makes other handset manufacturers squirm. One of the most appealing features of the iPhone 4 is FaceTime. Leave it to the Apple developers to be the first company to offer video calls right from the iPhone 4 handset, albeit over Wi-Fi. The device has a camera on the front of the phone as well as the back that makes video calling possible. An iPhone 4 owner can have FaceTime conversations with any other iPhone 4 owner, anywhere in the world. With one of the highest resolution screens available on a mobile device, the iPhone 4 brings sharper images and text views to the screen. Some of the other specs: Read more…
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Last week saw some significant wins for champions of ‘free’ usage of spectrum – first is the approval of TV whitespaces spectrum by FCC and the second is the software based solution by Kineto for using UMA as an app in the Android phones. Two entirely different but high impact propositions for the free airwave users, both of them spur developments in their respective ecosystems that will have long-term impacts. I have blogged on the advantages of both these technologies extensively in the past few months. UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) uses the Wi-Fi bands for extension of coverage indoors, and T-Mobile USA has been the only Tier I operator who uses this technology in Northern America.
I have extensively spoken about whitespaces in the last few weeks leading upto the voting on September 23rd, please see my older posts here and here. But the topic that has captured my attention was the event that happened around UMA, a technology that is very robust but has had relatively low success rate – UMA or GAN. It is one technology that could have been the end of Vonage if T-Mobile had followed through with the strategy of ‘at home’ products. It was a simple IP telephony that brought true convergence to cellular networks and the home Wi-Fi, even though it supported only 802.11g standards.
UMA in the News
Kineto Wireless, Inc., the key innovator and leading supplier of solutions that enable delivery of mobile services over broadband, today announced it has an updated version of its Smart Wi-Fi Application for Google’s Android operating system version 2.2, also called Froyo. Read more…
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